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She hardly ever hits the red carpet in a dramatic black gown, but Julianne Moore still made quite the fashion statement in a Chanel dress with sleek cutouts near the shoulders.
Her beauty look fell right in line with the drama of her dress, but was balanced out beautifully in order not to overwhelm her fair skin and red hair.
“With that Chanel dress and with the architectural halter, I wanted to go with a smoky eye that wasn’t too black,” says Moore’s makeup artist Elaine Offers. “The eyes can look like two black holes if done too dark, because she has dominating bone structure.”
In order to keep the makeup powerful, but still light and pretty in feeling, Offers used a black and brown shadow from L’Oreal together that had a burnished effect. She also refrained from lining Moore’s waterline with black, instead using a highlighter pencil to open up the eyes.
“The eyes were definitely the dominant feature,” says Offers who finished the look with a pinky nude lip color from L’Oreal called Jennifer’s Nude ($9).
Skin is also incredibly important for more mature women who are doing their makeup for a big event, says Offers. She suggests correcting the shadows around the face, under the eyes and around the nose and across the eyelids that can often become vascular.
“Also, a great brow, curled lashes and mascara,” says Offers about must-have makeup items for older women. The blush she used on Moore also seems like a winner — a product called Pink Lift ($13), which she describes as a radiant pink blush with a lot of gold and a nice twinkle in it.
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